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E-Discovery Update: Know Your Court’s Local E-Discovery Rules

In the past few years, a number of courts have issued standing orders or have issued guidelines or forms to govern the production of electronically stored information (ESI). These orders and forms can be found on the courts’...more

Court Finds Marginal Relevance Not Enough to Compel Continued Discovery (Arizona)

Miller v. York Risk Servs. Grp., 2015 WL 3490031 (D. Ariz. June 3, 2015). In this worker’s compensation case, the plaintiffs moved to compel the defendant to produce Independent Medical Examination (IME) reports,...more

Failure to Comply After Meet and Confer Results in Expensive Costs for Reproduction (California)

Themis Bar Review, LLC v. Kaplan, Inc., WL 3397877 (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2015). The defendant served the plaintiff a request for production, seeking documents related to the plaintiff’s pass rate advertising and data...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update

Garcia v. Google: “Doubtful” Copyright Ownership Claim in Film Performance Does Not Outweigh First Amendment Right to Free Speech - Why it matters: In a closely watched case that tests the limits of copyright protection,...more

How to Keep Review Moving Along While the Sun Shines

Complying with deadlines in data-intensive discovery and regulatory matters is challenging enough, but when your timeframe and budget is also limited, it can be entirely challenging to identify, collect, review, and produce...more

Self-Help Discovery Does Not Immunize Employee from Prosecution, Says NJ Supreme Court

On June 23, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 204 N.J. 239 (2010), does not bar criminal prosecutions arising from an employee’s removal of confidential company documents to...more

Gone, But Not Forgotten – A Deactivated Facebook Account Can Be Discoverable

Courts have long grappled with social media in a legal context. The struggle to understand social media issues — and to craft coherent applicable legal policy — renders Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC...more

Court Affirms that Discovery Standard is Reasonableness, Not Perfection (Nebraska)

Malone v. Kantner Ingredients, Inc., 2015 WL 1470334 (D. Neb. Mar. 31, 2015). In this employment dispute, the plaintiffs moved for an order to request production of emails and invoices between the defendants and a...more

Court Orders Cost Sharing in ESI Conversion (Virginia)

Hanwha Azdel, Inc. v. C&D Zodiac, Inc., 2015 WL 1417058 (W.D. Va. Mar. 27, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the parties disagreed in regards to the amount stated by the defendant in the bill of costs, filed under...more

Data Security Breach Documents Sought in Home Depot Books-and-Records Suit

Home Depot was recently hit with a books-and-records suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Frohman v. Home Depot, which seeks documents relating to the giant retailer’s data security breach last September. The plaintiff, a...more

Hawaii Finds Arbitration Agreement With “Severe Limitations on Discovery” is Unconscionable

Hawaii issued a bold arbitration decision this month. It applied its state contract law to conclude that the parties did not form a clear arbitration agreement, but even if they did, it was unconscionable because it...more

E-Discovery Down Under

In Crocodile Dundee, a teenager approaches Michael “Mick” Dundee on the streets of New York, seemingly to ask for a light. As Mick complies, the kid pulls out a switchblade and demands his wallet. Though his date suggests...more

Collusion Course: The Limits of Hot Documents

Discovery in antitrust cases often involves a search for smoking-gun documents. Those documents can consist of emails proving that competitors conspired to raise prices, removing the difficulties faced by prosecutors or civil...more

The Insurance Examination Privilege Just Became Important

When a U.S. insurance regulator investigates market conduct or financial solvency, its work is governed by a state law based on the NAIC Model Law on Examinations. Like the Model Law, all state laws strictly protect the...more

Procter & Gamble Must Say Goodbye to Proposed Amended Claim against Hello, while Hello Says Goodbye to Lawsuit

A lawsuit between Procter & Gamble (“P&G”) and Hello Products (“Hello”) – a toothpaste start up that promotes its products as “naturally friendly” – settled last week with the entry of a stipulated injunction, but Hello might...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to...more

Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court Implements Rules to Streamline Litigation, Improve Efficiency, Enhance...

Background - In 1995, due to a growing caseload of complex commercial litigation matters being filed in New York State Supreme Court (New York’s trial-level court of “supreme” jurisdiction), the Office of Court...more

Provider Alleges Retaliatory Use of Medicare Payment Suspension

A federal court has ordered discovery regarding the circumstances of a Medicare payment suspension by CMS only one week after failed settlement negotiations between a cardiology practice and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to...more

Discovery in International Litigation: Data Privacy and Best Practices for Global Organizations

In an increasingly global economy, it is only natural to see a rise in complex and high-stakes international lawsuits. As a result, cross-border discovery issues are now commonplace, a staple of international litigation. ...more

Claw Back of Privileged Documents Fails Where Defendants Had Used the Documents in Depositions, Expert Reports and in Briefs...

Defendants filed a motion to compel Adaptix to re-produce documents that Adaptix had clawed back on the grounds of privilege. Adaptix had early produced the documents in several productions. The Defendants argued in the...more

E-Discovery Metrics: Measuring to Predict

Metrics. The word alone sends chills down the spine of most attorneys. But metrics – defined as a standard for measuring something usually with figures or statistics – are often the best way to get to the heart of the most...more

In re DMCA Subpoena to eBay Inc. - USDC, S.D. California, June 5, 2015

Subpoena issued to eBay pursuant to DMCA, seeking to identify alleged infringers, is deemed valid under express statutory language despite eBay’s pre-subpoena removal of allegedly infringing material in response to related...more

Texas Legislature Passes Two Bills Impacting Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Litigation

Companies at risk of personal injury or wrongful death litigation in Texas should take note of two bills recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, HB 1692 and SB 735. HB 1692 HB 1692 is intended to curb the practice...more

The Detective On Your Wrist And In Your Phone

Love that fitness app you downloaded to your smartphone? Like the idea of having an Apple Watch, Fitbit or some other mobile device helping you stay in shape? There’s certainly nothing wrong with any of these devices...more

Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Is the Discovery Problem Solved?

Long anticipated changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were approved by the United States Supreme Court on April 29, 2015. Absent congressional action, which is not expected, these new rules will take effect...more

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